If ants are invading your home, it’s important to have the knowledge and supplies available to thwart this persistent and annoying attack. Before any action is taken against the ants, it’s important to determine where they are living.
If you see the ants coming in through crack or hole near a window or door, then they’re probably staging the attack from outside of your home.
If there’s a trail of ants running back and forth from a crack in a wall, floor, or electrical outlet, it’s very likely that the ants have a nest somewhere in your house.
Once you have located the points of entry, it’s time to take action. Based on information from the experts at The Bug Squad and my own personal experience as a homeowner, here’s four ways to get rid of ants.
1) Vacuum. Grab your vacuum, start stalking and sucking up all the ants. It’s a simple and chemical free way to carry out this duty.
2) Instantly kill visible ants. There are numerous pesticides available at your local hardware store that can kill ants on contact. If you’re wanting to use an alternative method, The Bug Squad suggests taking a stake and stabbing it down into their nest. Wiggle it around until you have a fair sized crater. Fill the crater with baking soda about half way up and pour vinegar over it. It is all-natural and will totally destroy the nest.
3) Ant trap or bait. There are several products available at your local hardware store. In many cases, less than one dollar’s worth of the product will destroy an entire colony of ants. In my house, we always use Terra. The main ingredients are borax and sugar-water. We place the Terra near the ant source and then wait for the ants to eat the poison and carry it back to the nest where it will kill the ant colony.
4) Hire a professional. If you exhaust all options or simply don’t have the time to spend taking care of the problem, a professional exterminator is the other option. Shop around and pick one that you’re comfortable with, both in price and reputation.
After you’ve rid your home of these pests, consider doing some things to prevent a future invasion. Setting some traps and sealing around doors and windows is a great start. With any luck, it won’t happen again. If it does, at least you’ll be ready.